©2010-Cathy Read- And did those feet in ancient Times? - 50.8x40.6cm

Poetry inspiring Art – finding direction

There’s a long tradition of poetry inspiring art.

Finding focus and inspiration early in an art career is challenging. In fact the two needs can lead you into opposite directions. It’s easy to follow whims and do what takes your fancy but the truth is you also need discipline.I find mind through poetry inspiring art.

When I began painting professionally I fell into the trap of creating anything that inspired me

Which resulted in a confused array of paintings. One week I’d be doing caricatures, the next landscapes. Sometimes abstracts, you get the picture. Eventually I fixed on a medium, watercolour and acrylic ink, but the subject matter still varied.

Clarity came when I was “Inspired by a Poem”

The title of my local Art group’s exhibition.

The first one was based on William Blake’s Jerusalem,

The poem is also a popular hymn.- I’d been playing with buildings and it was one of my first to combine the technique i developed and architecture. It’s loosely based on Times mill, a mill which dominated my childhood walks to school. But with a healthy dose of artistic licence. I’ve played with the mill and the lane by it.

It’s called “And did those feet in ancient Times…?”

©2010-Cathy Read- And did those feet in ancient Times? - 50.8x40.6cm
And did those feet in ancient Times? – ©2010-Cathy-Read-Watercolour and acrylic ink – 40cm x 50cm

The second piece is a lyric about Lowry.

I was desperate to do my second painting , but struggled to find a good poem. As a child, I  would cycle to my Aunt’s with a friend and my brother. The route included pushing our bikes up these steps. They’re known as the 24 steps. I’d found out that the LS Lowry painting called “The Chapel” was of the same steps.

The Chapel, L S Lowry

So, I had to do my own version. But I could only “poem” I could find was Matchstalk Men Song lyrics are poems though, aren’t they.

So here’s “In the footsteps of Lowry”

©2010-Cathy Read- In the footsteps of Lowry - 50.8x40.6cm
©2010-Cathy Read- In the footsteps of Lowry -Watercolour and acrylic ink -50x40cm

Oh, and BTW, the hill to the right of the chapel was steeper!!! :-(((((

But on the other side…

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :-))

My final painting was inspired by Jethro Tull’s “The Mouse Police that never sleeps…”

About the green eyed cat stalking it’s prey at night. I’m hoping I’ve avoided the twee, but I’m not convinced. I used my cat and a photo of our last one for the models.

Here’s “The Mouse Police”

©2010-Cathy Read- The Mouse Police - 50.8x40.6cm - Mixed Media
©2010-Cathy Read- The Mouse Police – 50.8×40.6cm – Mixed Media

By the time I’d finished these three, I’d found a direction.

The Mouse Police  was well received but I’ve never felt it was the right direction to go. I”d had more ideas around the architecture which won out.

Or rather took over.

I’ve recently added these older pieces to my shop page, you might want to check it out.











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